March 9th, 2014 Second Sunday Talk - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Swanson Conference Center (building 22) at Historic Fort Omaha.
Douglas County Historical Society welcomes David Bristow of the Nebraska State Historical Society and John Peterson, local architect and descendant of a WWI Fort Omaha Balloon School trainee for a discussion on military balloon observation and Fort Omaha's role in training during WWI. David will discuss the history of baloon observation, including its early beginnings in the late 1700s, while John will provide an in-depth look at training at Fort Omaha and relay his father's experiences through artifacts and personal memoirs.
Cost to participate is free for DCHS members, a $5 donation is requested of non-members. Pre-registration is required by calling 402-455-9990, or by emailing email@example.com.
March 25th, 2014, A Page from Our Past - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Library Archives Center
A Page From Our Past is a new series of programming focusing on history-based authors of both fiction and non-fiction. The format for this series is a casual and intimate roundtable discussion, where the audience has the opportunity to get up close and personal with the featured author of the month.
This month's featured author is Jon Blecha and his book "Cigars and Wires: The Omaha Underworld's Early Years" published in 2013. Jon Blecha was hired by the Omaha Police Department in October 1974. During part of his career, Jon worked the Intelligence Unit where he gained a special insight into Omaha's more current underworld. Jon retired as a sergeant in July 2007 after serving 32 years and 9 months. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. "Cigars and Wires" chronicles some of the central figures and major events of Omaha's underworld from the 1920s to the early 1980s.
This book is currently available in our bookstore located in the General Crook House Museum. Participants who have registered to take part in the program receive a 5% discount off of the retail price of the book! Get your copy today!
Pre-registration is required by calling 402-455-9990, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost to participate is $5 for DCHS members, or $10 for non-members. Seating is limited to 25, make your reservation today!